Electrical Lighting

Data is displayed for academic year: 2023./2024.

Course Description

Physical basics of light. Physical and light radiation related quantities and units. Incandescent lamp. Fluorescent Lamp. LED/OLED and new technologies. Indoor luminaries. Outdoor luminaries. Basic methods and standards for designing lighting. Examples of lighting design. Total cost of lighting system ownership (TCO) and ways of accruing savings. Legal framework and environmental protection. Practical work in software tools for calculation and simulation of lighing in space.

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
[FER3-EN] Computing - study
Elective Courses (5. semester)
[FER3-EN] Electrical Engineering and Information Technology - study
Elective Courses (5. semester)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define physical basics of light.
  2. Define physical and light radiation related quantities and units.
  3. Describe principle of working of: incandescent lamp, fluorescent Lamp, LED/OLED and new technologies.
  4. Describe construction properties of indoor and outdoor luminaries.
  5. Define basic methods and standards for designing lighting.
  6. Present and describe examples of lighting design.
  7. Define costs of lighting system ownership (TCO) and ways of accruing savings.
  8. Define legal framework and environmental protection.
  9. Describe how to work in software tools for calculation and simulation of lighting in space.

Forms of Teaching


The course is organized into two teaching cycles. The first cycle consists of 7 weeks of direct teaching and intermediate exams. The second cycle of classes contains 6 weeks of direct classes and a final exam. Classes are conducted over a total of 15 weeks with a weekly load of 2 hours.


Computational examples from lighting

Independent assignments

After the introductory lecture in which the functionalities of the Dialux program are explained, students solve lighting design by problem-based learning.

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Light and Electromagnetic Radiation, Defining Light, The “Visible” Spectrum
  2. Basic Radiometric and Photometric Quantities, Basic Radiometric and Photometric Measurement, Lambertian Emission and Reflection - The Inverse Square Law, Lambert’s Cosine Law
  3. Incandescent Lamps, Discharge Lamps
  4. LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) and OLEDs (organic LEDs)
  5. Electric Lamp Designs, Lamp Efficacies
  6. Photometric Lamp Characteristc, Electrical ballast (resistive, reactive and electronic), starters and other devices
  7. Methods for Calculation Photometric Quantities
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Lighting Design Criteria, Energy Considerations
  10. Methods for Calculation Photometric Quantities, Reflection in Exterior Lighting Design
  11. Smart lighting design, Passive solar lighting design (daylighting)
  12. Lighting Design Criteria, Efficiency and economics of lighting
  13. Light planning, Energy evaluation
  14. Ray tracing and photometric lighting calculation
  15. Final exam


(.), Električna rasvjeta - transparencije s predavanja; Krajcar, Šribar; FER; 2011; ISBN: -,
(.), Cestovna rasvjeta; Eduard Širola; -; 1997; ISBN: 953-96481-6-5,
(.), Norma za projektiranje unutarnjih radnih prostora (EN 12464-1),
(.), Norma za projektiranje vanjskih radnih prostora (EN 12464-2),
(.), Norma za projektiranje prometnica (EN 13201),

For students


ID 223341
  Winter semester
L3 English Level
L2 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
13 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

Very Good